Torin/Darren WhoEver (wolfieboy) wrote,
Torin/Darren WhoEver

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Doing something for someone "even if they tell you not to!"

Being that I work in the Healthcare industry, it's unsurprising that we regularly have various "healthy tips" posted in a variety of places. Usually these are at least somewhat interesting. This latest one though is rather disturbing at the end. It talks about the four warning signs of a heart attack.
  • Chest discomfort—pain that lasts more than a few minutes—pressure, squeezing.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body; both arms, neck, jaw, or stomach ache.
  • Shortness of breath which may occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness. Often people think they have the flu (especially women).
It then says that you should call 911 if you experience the warning signs listed. The disturbing part is Call for a friend who is experiencing these warning signs even if they tell you not to!

I can understand and agree with stopping someone from drunk driving since they are likely to cause significant harm to others. But the idea of doing something "for" someone even when they tell you not to seems rather transparently wrong to me. Advising someone or even telling them they are a stupid fool for not calling would work but explicitly doing something I've been told not to is just right out.

I can see that with some points of view, some people wouldn't see this as wrong and possibly even necessary.
Tags: cultural expectations
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